The work of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny, "Freak..." gets remixed by two iconic artists. First up is Egyptian Lover's version. The storied electro producer subtly adds in some nuances - rolling 808s and a pulsating bass - to give the original version an extra layer of funk. Luca Lozano's 'Breakbeat Guy' version follows a different approach. This time, the focus is on a rolling, break beat-led groove and spaced out, dubby elements. Lozano contributes a second remix, featuring Karlos Moran. The 'Tribal Workout dub' sees the duo go down a house route, but with a difference. Laced with acidic bleeps, cow whistles and tripped out vocal samples, these elements make for a fittingly celebratory version.
Detroit electro icon DJ Godfather is back again to continue on with the latest release in a series of 11 total EPs on Databass. Experience the sound of mechanoids going to battle on "That Electro Shit" before Brian Jeffries delivers a thumping late night house jam on the impressive "1200s Are Lit". "Intergalactic Funk" loves up to its title on this typically soulful hi-tech jam, and "Oh Shit" (feat Goodmoney G100) goes back to the seminal DJ Godfather sound of old which gets seriously deep, down and dirty as we like it.
Detroit electro icon DJ Godfather returns this week with the latest release on his ever reliable Databass imprint. "Hold Up" is next in a series of 11 EPs and sees him collaborate with Chicago booty bass pioneer DJ Deeon. This is the guy who laid down the foundations for what Godfather would soon expand upon with his explorations in the 'ghettotech' sound. Needless to say, the results make for one seriously down and dirty dancefloor workout. Elsewhere, the hi-tech soul beats of "Let's Talk Some Jit" equally satisfies, as does the emotive mood music of "Shake Them" and the in-your-face bass attack of closing cut "Squo?"
Terr, also known as Daniela Cadellas, is set to release her debut solo LP 'Consciousness As A State Of Matter' on Phantasy Records, continuing her journey in electronic music, offering a unique blend of catharsis and pop. 'Tale of Devotion' opens the album with orchestral strings and Cadellas's earnest vocals, paying tribute to the romance and ecstasy of her influences. In contrast, 'Only For Tonight' explores the chaos and confusion of modern dating, with Terr taking on the role of a wry observer of casual lust and cosmic romance. 'Warp Drive' and 'Time Crystal' showcase Terr's high-energy and charismatic sound, while 'Energy Sync' builds a weightless ode to co-habitation and communication. 'Layers' sees Terr delve deep into the complexities of her interior life, while 'Imagination' finds escape in the possibilities of self-actualization. The album concludes with 'States Of Mind', a visceral acid track that is sure to leave listeners with their hearts racing.
Kalahari Oyster Cult, a mainstay in the contemporary techno landscape, drops an expansive compilation. With a reputation for championing underground sounds, the label brings the same aesthetic to power the artistic direction of Chants. It means that the compilation veers in style from the deep, breathy groove of S.O.N.S & Go Dam's "Force Of Will" to Volodymyr Gnatenko's acid-riddled "Subra" and the jittery, tribal techno of Maara & Priori's "C'mon". Meanwhile, Sansibar's "Between Two Circles", with its focus on insistent bass, eerie synths and acid squiggles, ties all of these elements together. The label also deserves kudos for including Syzygy's "Can I Dream?" here. Originally released in 1994, its driving, hypnotic groove, tripped out melodies and out-there vocal samples laid the foundations for much of the music that it now shares this compilation with.
Peggy Gou's label delivers a compilation that features regular contributors to her label. Mogwaa's "11khz" resounds to a fusion of rolling, shaking drums and lush synths. Exploring this theme further, Salamanda's "Mockingbird" is more contemplative thanks to its combination of swirling melodies and downtempo drums. In contrast, the wonderful Hiver duo drop a crystalline electro track in the shape of "Lunar". The compilation also serves up some fine dance floor tracks: DMX Krew weighs in with the clubby, angular rhythms of "One Take", Brain de Palma's "Road to Tatooine" is a fine, wonky acid track - and Closet Yi's "Sonder" is a shimmering break beat track